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Thank you for your patience as we explored holding a 2021 Market to Market Relay Iowa. After many discussions, we have made a difficult decision to forgo a 2021 Market to Market Relay Iowa and return even stronger in 2022 on May 14, 2022.

Market to Market Relays require extremely detailed planning and marketing done many, many months in advance of race day. This degree of organization requires 50 different facilities, municipalities, government entities, and private land owners to all give the event the green light. If any of those groups says no, it either jeopardizes our ability to hold the event or makes it impossible to hold. Currently, we are not confident we will receive several crucial permissions in Iowa due to the pandemic and permission environment in Iowa, and therefore, can not put the event on sale.

We plan to return in 2022 with a full-scale Market to Market Relay Iowa and make it better than ever!


The Market to Market Relay will follow social distancing best practices to ensure that everyone involved is as safe as possible.

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Exact policies for the Run Safe Commitment will be adapted as coronavirus conditions change. Final policies will be determined at least one week prior to the event and emailed to all participants. Keeping everyone as safe as possible is our top priority. Below are anticipated policies. 

Social Distancing

  • Event signage will promote safe social distancing practices including maintaining 6 feet of distance between other teams.
  • Waiting spots will be provided to aid in social distancing at restrooms. 
  • Personal responsibilities will be communicated to athletes, staff, volunteers, vendors, and sponsors prior to the event.

Cleaning and Sanitation

  • We will reduce touch points to minimize physical interactions and deploy frequent cleaning and sanitation.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event including packet pickup, higher traffic areas, and in and around portable toilets.
  • We will use increased safety and hygiene practices for staff and volunteers including use of masks, gloves and regular hand sanitization.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • All staff and volunteers will wear face covering at all times. 
  • In addition to social distancing measures, athletes may be required to wear a face covering at the event anytime out of the van, while not running. This will depend on current conditions. 
  • Transparent plastic barriers will create separation at essential interaction points such as packet pickup. 

Screening and At-Risk Persons

  • Athletes, staff, volunteers, vendors, and sponsors will be asked to self-screen and stay home for any of the following reasons:

– Have been in contact with someone testing positive for Coronavirus in the 14 days prior to the event.
– Have experienced or been in contact with someone experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms in the 14 days prior to the event.
– Have a body temperature reading of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

    • All athletes and especially at-risk persons are encouraged to consult a physician prior to participating.

    Packet Pickup

    Your team’s packet will be available at the location you request when you register online. Only the captain or one team representative needs to attend packet pickup. If you can’t make it to advanced packet pick-up, be sure to add extra arrival time to pickup your packet on race day.

    Advanced Pickup

    Friday of Race Week

    Des Moines | 11 AM – 6 PM

    Animal Rescue League of Iowa
    5452 N.E. 22nd Street
    Des Moines, IA 50313

    Jefferson | 4 PM – 8 PM

    Greene County Courthouse | Town Square
    114 North Chestnut Street
    Jefferson, IA 50129

    Race Day Pickup

    See you in 2022! – May 14, 2022

    Jefferson | Start Line | 5 AM – 9:30 AM

    Greene County Courthouse | Town Square
    114 North Chestnut Street
    Jefferson, IA 50129

    Team Documents

    Race Day Guide

    Your team will receive printed copies of the Race Day Guide at Packet Pickup.

    Rule Book

    This is the mother lode. From the essential to the obscure, the Rule Book contains everything you need to know about the Market to Market Relay. All teams are to download a copy for their team vehicle.

    Race Brief

    This is your at-a-glance overview of the most important information in preparing for race day. Of course, the Race Guide and Rule Book reign supreme, but this is a great primer for all teammates to look over race week.

    Relay Training Plans

    Pick the plan best for you, and share with your teammates!


    Get your creative juices flowing and go for the glory of winning one of the team contests. Go epic with your costumes, trick out your team vehicle and then pull it all together with a catchy team name. Be the team that everyone remembers!

    Best Team Costume Contest

    The key to victory is wearing your costume all day long. The more elaborate and ridiculous the better! You must get your team photo taken at the start line to enter. See the race guide for full rules.

    Best Decorated Vehicle

    To win, you’ll want your vehicle to stand out in a crowd. Pro tip: Theme your vehicle with your costumes for an unstoppable combination! NEW FOR 2019: A random volunteer group will get to pick the winners! Remember to upload a picture of your vehicle to Instagram using the #m2mrelaybestvan hashtag.

    Best Team Name

    It’s up to your peers. The wackier and more creative, the better!

    Contest voting is done via the rules outlined in the Race Day Guide. The team with the most votes wins. Winners get a prize pack and an automatic invitation into next year’s race.


    1. How it Works

    The Market to Market® Relay Iowa is a team running relay from Jefferson to Des Moines, covering 75 miles over 17 stages on a scenic and varied course. Join 6, 7, or 8 of your closest pals, hop in a van, run, rest and repeat. The course follows the Raccoon River Valley Trail System, paved streets, and gravel back roads through a diverse and scenic slice of west central Iowa. Combine the running with outrageous costumes, memorable van rides, and a lively Post-Race Shindig & Expo in downtown Des Moines and it all adds up to 1 unforgettable day.

    2. Team Size

    Choose to run with a 6, 7 or 8-person team.

    3. Distance

    Each runner completes 2-3 legs of varying difficulty. Most legs range from 3 to 6 miles, so most runners average between 9 to 15 total miles for the day. You got this!

    4. Vehicles

    All teams are allowed 1 vehicle per team. Most teams go with a van, mini-van or SUV. Get creative and win the Best Decorated Vehicle contest!

    5. Captains

    Team captains are superheroes in disguise! Captains register, assemble and manage their team, and make sure everyone gets all the essential race details. Be one!

    6. Already Registered?
    If your team is already registered, captains can manage their team and runners can join or edit their profile by logging into the Roster Tool.

    Teammate? How Do I Join A Team? If your team captain has already started a team. The easiest way to join a team is to go to the My Team page and select Join A Team and look for your team. Once you find your team you will need to join. Note: You will need to register for a RunSignUp account.

    Captain? How Do I Invite A Teammate? Our Roster Tool is on the registration platform of a third party site called RunSignUp. There are several ways to get a team to join here are a few.

    1. Send an email to a teammate directly to your team page using RunSignUp. How to Guide
    2. Text your teammate with your team name and have them go to the My Team page and click on Join A Team then select your team to join.

    Captain? How Do I Manage My Team Our Roster Tool is on the registration platform of a third party site called RunSignUp. There are several ways to navigate to RunSignUp and manage your team.

    1. Sign into your profile at RunSignUp.com/Profile. Then make sure you have the correct person selected.
    2. Under “Upcoming Events” find your event and select “Manage Registration” next to the gear icon.  
    3. Depending on what you would like to view or edit, here is a RunSignUp “How to Manage Your Team” help article to help you navigate to your team details and view your team roster.
    7. Can My Team Defer To Next Year?

    Yes! As outlined in the race policies, your team can defer to next year’s race.


    How a captain can defer their team to next year

      • Captains will sign into their profile at RunSignUp.com/Profile. Then make sure you have the correct person selected.
      • Select the “Upcoming Events” tab > Select your event > Select “Manage Registration” > Select “Defer Registration”.
      • Complete the “Defer Registration” process. Once completed, your deferred registration will now appear under “My Deferrals”. We will be in touch with you next year on how to “claim” your deferred registration once the new race opens up.
    8. Can My Team Transfer To the Virtual Event?

    Yes! As outlined in race policies, your team can transfer to this year’s virtual event.


    How a captain can transfer their team to this year’s virtual relay

      • Virtual Relay information is coming soon
    9. Need More Info?

    We’ve got you covered. All the race info you could ever want is available in the Team Documents.

    Travel Info

    Where to Stay | Jefferson, Iowa

    Stay Friday night at the start line town of Jefferson, Iowa. This charming village in central Iowa has a good selection of restaurants and places to stay. You won’t regret the decision to stay the night in Jefferson. Maximize your sleep and avoid the worry of making it to the start line on time. The town is looking forward to hosting you and your teammates.

    Jefferson Hotels

    Super 8 Jefferson | 515-386-2464
    Cobblestone Hotel & Suites | 515-386-3535
    Redwood Motel | 515-386-3116

    Near Jefferson Hotels

    The Port on Lake Panorama | 641-755-4240 | 22 Miles from Start Line
    Lake Panorama National Inn & Townhomes | 800-879-1917 | 22 Miles from Start Line
    Farmhouse Life Cabin | 515-229-6988 | 16 Miles from Start Line

    Vehicle Info

    There are a limited number of vans available for rent in the Omaha and Lincoln area. We recommend securing your vehicle as soon as possible. Do not assume that a rental will be available. Consider all options when looking for a team vehicle including renting, borrowing, purchasing or searching out of state. Teams with 7 total runners will have the easiest time securing a team vehicle.

    Vehicle Rules

    • Regular teams may only have one vehicle
    • Teams with a faster than 20 minute average 5k time will qualify for 2 vehicles
    • Team vehicles must be less than seven feet in width and less than 20 feet in length
    • Large vans, mini-vans and SUV’s are allowed
    • No RVs, mini-buses, trailers or limos are allowed
    • All passengers must have access to a safety belt

    Renting in Des Moines

    Avis Vehicle Rental
    5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
    (515) 256-5623

    Advantage Rent A Car
    5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
    (515) 256-5840

    Budget Vehicle Rental
    1901 Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA
    (515) 287-6014

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
    (515) 256-5665

    Gabus Ford
    4545 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
    (515) 270-0707

    Hertz Vehicle Rental
    4224 Merle Hay Drive, Des Moines, IA
    (515) 270-3828

    National Vehicle Rental
    5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
    (515) 256-5353

    Thrifty Vehicle Rental
    5800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
    (800) 847-4389